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Self-Commentary in Early Modern European Literature – Durham University
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The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) at Durham University will host an international conference on the topic of self-commentary and self-exegesis in early modern European literature, 26-27 February 2016 at Palace Green Library. Registration is free.

2/26/2016 to 2/27/2016
When: 2/26/2016
Where: Palace Green Library, Durham University
Durham, Co. Durham 
United Kingdom
Contact: Francesco Venturi

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Self-Commentary in Early Modern European Literature

26-27 February 2016
Palace Green Library, Learning Centre
Durham University

Writers the world over have often accompanied their texts with a variety of annotations, marginal glosses, rubrications, and explicatory or narrative prose in an effort to direct and control the reception of their own works. Such self-exegetical devices do not merely serve as an external apparatus but effectively interact with the primary text by introducing a distinctive meta-literary dimension which, in turn, reveals complex dynamics affecting the very notions of authorship and readership. In the Renaissance, self-commentaries enjoyed unprecedented diffusion and found expression in a multiplicity of forms, which appear to be closely linked to momentous processes such as the legitimation of vernacular languages across Europe, the construction of a literary canon, the making of the modern author as we know it, and the self-representation of modern individual identities.

The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) at Durham University will host an international conference on the topic of self-commentary and self-exegesis in early modern European literature, 26-27 February 2016 at Palace Green Library. Registration is free. To reserve a place, please email: selfcommentary@gmail.com

PROGRAMME

FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY


10.30 – Registration, coffee and tea

11:00–12:45
Opening remarks: Francesco Venturi
Introduction and chair: Carlo Caruso
KEYNOTE: Martin McLaughlin (University of Oxford), Alberti’s ‘Commentarium’ to his First Literary Work: Self-Commentary as Self-Presentation
Jeroen De Keyser (KU Leuven), Elucidation and Self-Explanation in Filelfo’s Marginalia

12:45–2:15pm – Catered lunch

2:15–4pm
Chair: Patrick Gray
Ian Johnson (University of St Andrews), Self-Commentary during Medieval Early Modernity: Reginald Pecock and Gavin Douglas
Harriet Archer (Newcastle University), Framing Creative Practice: Fictive Narratives of Poetic Invention in Elizabethan Prose-Verse Hybrids
Gilles Bertheau (Université François Rabelais – Tours), George Chapman and the ‘Andromeda Liberata’ Affair (1614): can a Poet be ‘master of [his] own meaning’?

4:00–4:30pm – Coffee and tea

4:30–6:00pm
Chair: Dario Tessicini
KEYNOTE: Federica Pich (University of Leeds), On the Threshold of Poems: Lyric as/vs Narrative in Italian Renaissance Poetry
Magdalena Ożarska (Jan Kochanowski – Kielce), The Uses of Authorial Side Glosses in Anna Stanisławska’s ‘Transaction’ (1685)

SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY

9:30–10:30
Chair: Marc Schachter
KEYNOTE: John O'Brien (Durham University), ‘All outward and on show’: Montaigne’s External Glosses

10:30–11:00 – Coffee and tea

11:00–12:50
Chair and concluding remarks: Richard Maber
Russel Ganim (University of Iowa), Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Annotation and Self-Exegesis in La Ceppède
Joseph Harris (Royal Holloway – London), Critical Failures: Corneille Observes his Spectators
Carlo Caruso (Durham University), Mock and Erudition: Alessandro Tassoni and Francesco Redi

For further information, please contact the event organizer: francesco.venturi@durham.ac.uk or visit: https://www.dur.ac.uk/imems/events/conferences/?eventno=25738

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